Another highlight was getting a showing of the most interesting of the Met’s banjo collection that are in storage and not on display. The curator was very generous to bring these out of storage for us to check out. This was one of the most wild ones out of the bunch. An early head tightening system patented and built by Hercules McCord in 1883. There are wires attached to the tension hoop which run down the curving legs to a large nut which tightens them all at once with the turn of a wrench. This is the only known existing example of this banjo. #banjo #banjocollectorsgathering #mccordbanjo #luthier (at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
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Edith Piaf and Django Reinhardt by Michael Ochs, Paris, late 1940s
Being born a woman is an awful tragedy. Yes, my consuming desire to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, bar room regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night. — Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (via interweber)
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Ozark folk instrument builder Ed Stilley
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1920s Regal tenor guitar. At May Bell Music.
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Tenor banjo, B & J Serenader. At May Bell Music.
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